THEY saw him grow from a young boy who loved poetry into a young man who sang heavenly gospel.
Today the rest of SunLand mourns with the family of 38-year-old gospel star Lundi Tyamara following his death on Friday.
Lundi, who is originally from Worcester in Western Cape, died after spending over a month in hospital for TB and liver complications.
The SunTeam visited his Irvan Park home in Worcester, Western Cape where his family gathered on Saturday.
They said they were still coming to terms with his death and asked the media to allow them to mourn peacefully.
Lundi’s sister, Nomabhelu Charles said: “We are still shocked. He was recovering and we thought he would be up again. I spoke to him a week ago and he promised to come home.
“He was a very good person. We will remember him for the role he played in people’s lives through his music. He was a down-to-earth person who always spoke his mind. If he did not like anything he would tell it as it is.”
Lundi’s gogo, Phyllis Williams (70) said: “We are in so much pain. It is so sad that we lost him so soon. But if it’s God’s will, then let it be.
“I remember when he started music he was still at primary school.
“He started out as a poet before he changed to singing.
“When he was once asked to do something at school, he imitated Rebecca Malope and sang gospel.
“He left home in 2005 when he was still a teenager and went to be a back- up singer for Rebecca.
“We were distraught when we heard he was sick, but we never lost hope. We were hoping that he would come back. We will always miss him.”
Lundi’s other sister, Nocawe Tyamara, said: “We are still trying to come to terms with his death. We ask for space to mourn our brother in peace.”
A memorial service for Lundi will be held at Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto tomorrow.
His manager and family spokesman, Anele Hlazo, said the funeral will be held at Zwelethemba Stadium in Worcester on Sunday.